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MFRD Personnel to Participate in Full-Scale Disaster Response Drill

Oct 12th, 2023

(Tuscaloosa, Alabama) – On October 12th and 13th, 2023, several Mobile Fire-Rescue Department first responder personnel will join others from all over the state of Alabama to convene at the Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa and Lake Lurleen State Park. The highly trained individuals are meeting to increase their level of confidence in working together when a catastrophe overwhelms the resources of a local area.

Participating personnel from various fire departments and emergency management agencies across Alabama are gearing up for their annual training exercise. This exercise aims to enhance preparedness and coordination among first responders and emergency teams in the event of disasters.

The participating fire departments include those from Birmingham, Hoover, Homewood, Montgomery, Prattville, Mountain Brook, Madison, Boaz, Arab, Guntersville, Fort Payne, Decatur, Calera, Mobile, Dothan, Tuscaloosa, and Vestavia Hills. Additionally, Emergency Management Agencies from Jefferson, Mobile, Marshall, and Tuscaloosa Counties will also be taking part. 
The exercise will involve scenarios related to Urban Search & Rescue, with teams like AL-TF1, AL-TF2, AL-TF3, AL-TF4, and AL-TF5, as well as the Hazardous Materials Team (HazMat 8) coordinated by the Alabama Mutual Aid System (AMAS) in conjunction with the Alabama All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AL-AHIMT). These organizations are funded by separate grants through the Alabama Homeland Security Division. 

In addition to the other teams, key stakeholders include the Mobile County Communications District, Alabama National Guard, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Alabama State Strategic Technology Reserve, and Alabama Telecommunicators Emergency Response Taskforce. 

The primary goal of this annual training is to ensure that these teams are fully prepared to respond to catastrophic situations when called upon by either the state government (AMAS) or the federal government. Such training is of utmost importance to facilitate a seamless process for the mobilization, integration, and utilization of search and rescue assets across state lines in the event of disasters. 

This training exercise is a testament to the dedication and commitment of these organizations in ensuring the safety and well-being of the communities they serve. By coming together for this exercise, they aim to maintain the highest level of readiness and responsiveness to protect and support the people of Alabama.